– Tour and accommodation on board in the booked category 8 days / 7 nights (Sat.-Sat.)
– Full board; 7 x breakfast, 6 x picnic lunch during bike tours, 7x three course dinner;
– Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels daily possible); daily cleaning service of the cabin;
– Welcome drink, presentation of barge + crew and briefing on the first evening;
– Tour leader (English speaking) for fully guided cycling tours, daily briefings of the bike tours,1 full day guided tour of Paris (walking / public transportation);
– Printed instructions and maps for daily bike tours, 1 set per cabin;
– Daily coffee and tea till 4 PM.
– Transfers to/from the docking places
– Rental bicycle, other transfers
– Parking fee, entrance fees & excursions
– Drinks on board
– Personal insurances
– Gratuities (at your discretion)
Example for eight-day tour in France – Bordeaux region from Castets-en-Dorthe through Bordeaux to Fronsac:
Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: Castets-en-Dorthe | Castets-en- Dorthe – Canal des Deux Mers (Approx. 15 km/10 mi.)
Individual arrival and optional transfer from the meeting point in Bordeaux to the MS Bordeaux’s mooring location near the Canal des Deux Mers at Castets-en-Dorthe, located in the middle of the Garonne Valley. After settling in to your cabin, try out your cycling legs with a short first up bike ride around Castets. What you will discover is a fertile region aptly named “Little Holland” complete with walnut trees, kiwi orchards and vegetable fields. As you follow the bicycle path along the Canal des Deux Mers (Canal of Two Seas) that links the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, you will discover a lush rural countryside and quaint villages. In the evening, a welcome cocktail awaits you on board.
Day 2 (Sun): Castets-en-Dorthe – Sauternes (35-50 km/21-32 mi.) | Castets-en-Dorthe – Cadillac
On your first day of cycling you will discover the Sauternais region, famous for the sweet dessert wines produced in the area. The route follows the winding banks of the Ciron River, whose icy waters flow into the warmer waters of the Garonne. In autumn, when the climate is warm and dry, the combination of the two different temperatures produce a mist that descends on the vineyards, promoting perfect conditions for the famous Sauternes wine. The country roads are dotted with picturesque chateaux whose elegant turrets rule over an ocean of colourful vines. Time seems frozen in a medieval era when Englishmen ruled the region. In the late afternoon after re-joining the MS Bordeaux, you will sail downstream along the Garonne River to Cadillac, a small town famous for its towering castle.
Day 3 (Mon): Cadillac – Entre-Deux-Mers / Graves (40 km/25 mi.) | Cadillac – Bordeaux
Today’s cycling itinerary takes you through this “Premieres Côtes de Bordeaux” winegrowing area in the Cadillac region, widely recognised as the birthplace of Bordeaux wines. You will have the opportunity to visit the former residence of the writer Francois Mauriac and Malromé Castle, the home of the painter Toulouse-Lautrec, built in the sixteenth century. Wine tastings are offered here! Once back on board, you will sail along the Garonne River towards the enchanting city of Bordeaux. The MS Bordeaux will berth for the night in the city centre where you will see the region’s most prestigious panorama: the Stone Bridge, Place de la Bourse and Quai des Chartrons.
Day 4 (Tue): Bordeaux: Heart of Bordeaux (30 km/18 mi.) | Bordeaux – Bourg
The highlight today is a guided tour of the city of Bordeaux where you will have the opportunity to explore the historical city the best way possible – on two wheels. The tour begins with a description of the town’s historical background, followed by the exploration of some of its main attractions; the royal entrance of the city (Cailhau Gate), the Big Bell of Pey Berlan, the Golden Triangle, the Girondins column, the water mirror… and more. You will ride on quiet roads to historic squares, a hidden garden and quaint locations where you can stop for a tasting of Bordeaux’s renowned “cannelés” and coffee or oysters and white wine. There is free time in the afternoon to shop or explore. Be sure to explore the town’s streets and shops where fine wine is still stored in underground cellars carved in stone. After dinner the MS Bordeaux will sail along the Garonne River via the Gironde estuary to Bourg, a picturesque village built on a rocky promontory and your destination for the day.
Day 5 (Wed): Bourg – Pauillac | Pauillac/Lamarque – Medoc (40 km/25 mi.) | Pauillac/Lamarque – Blaye
This morning the MS Bordeaux will cruise from Bourg to Pauillac, the undisputed capital of the Médoc wine region. You will have time to walk through Pauillac which features an exceptional old chateau built by the English to guard the left bank of the estuary, the then frontier of their highly coveted territory. Later, as you wind your way through the vineyards, you will pass some of Margaux’s best wineries including Palmer, Issan, Lewis Brown, Rauzan Segla, Ferrière, and last but not least, Château Margaux . You will have the opportunity to stop at one of these great wine estates for a visit/tasting (optional). In the late afternoon, the MS Bordeaux will cruise along the wide Gironde estuary to your destination for the day, the jetty at Blaye which is overlooked by the remarkable 17th century fortress of Vauban.
Day 6 (Thu): Blaye Fortress and vineyards (UNESCO World Heritage Site) (35 – 50 km/21 – 32 miles) | Blaye – Bourg-sur-Gironde
This morning, after a short loop through the citadel to admire the military masterwork of the ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV, you will cycle to the Côtes de Blaye vineyard. While the wine chateaux may be lesser known than some others in the region, it is still a beautiful location and the quality of the wine produced is second to none. As you cycle through the region you will see endless vineyards, fairy tale chateaux and elegant manor houses. Since the Middle Ages countless numbers of pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostella in Spain have passed through this region. After completing the day’s round tour on your bicycle, the MS Bordeaux will sail to Bourg-sur-Gironde, an historic village with a rich background and a beautiful architectural heritage. After dinner you have the option to go for a short ride or a walk to explore Bourg-sur-Gironde.
Day 7 (Fri): Bourg-sur-Gironde – Fronsac | Fronsac, Libourne & Saint Émilion vineyards (35 -50 km/21 – 32 miles)
This morning the MS Bordeaux will cruise along the Dordogne River to Fronsac, where you will start you final day of cycling. A highlight along the way is the village of Libourne where you can stroll to the picturesque city square lined with buildings dating as far back as the 16th century. Take the opportunity to visit the weekly Friday market before starting your exploration of the famous Pomerol and Saint-Émilion wine areas. You are sure to enjoy cycling through this unspoiled UNESCO World Heritage landscape on small picturesque back roads and paths. Along the way you will pass the Angelus, Ausone, Cheval Blanc and Petrus vineyards – some of the world’s most famous wine estates, a true paradise for wine lovers!
Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation: Fronsac (optional transfer back to Bordeaux)
Disembarkation after breakfast until 9.30am: End of your trip. Return transfer (optional) to the pre-agreed drop off point in the city centre of Bordeaux.
Details: In italics printed parts will be covered by the ship.
You can book this tour also individual through Boat Bike Tours – Bordeaux.
You can rent bicycles with 7 gear, hand- and/or pedal brakes and a pannier bag.
Prices for 7 days € 70,00 per bike / €165,00 per E-bike
Canal barge as ‘boatel’ on a location of your choice
Our canal barges are also available as “boatels”. Are you organizing an event, are you participating in a fair, does your company need sleeping accommodation for a group of people on a location where no hotels are available? If this location can be reached, renting a “boatel” (also in winter) may be the perfect solution to your problem. Arrangements with full board, half board or Bed & Breakfast can be offered.
Travel and cancellation insurance
We advise you to look into our casualty, baggage or cancellation insurance (if you have not already got continuing travel insurance, of course). Please note that most insurance companies demand that cancellation insurance is arranged at the same time or shortly after you book your holiday.
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